Protester holds a poster during a demonstration in support of freedom of press in Berlin.
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A clash between Germany's chief prosecutor and the justice minister burst into the open Tuesday, sparked by a treason probe into a blog that had published classified security agency files.Last Thursday the blog revealed that Range's office had launched a treason investigation into two of its writers – Germany's first such probe against the media in over half a century.Maas had also criticized the probe, which Range suspended Friday, pending advice from an independent expert on whether the published documents were indeed "state secrets".Tuesday the 67-year-old chief prosecutor shot back.He said the independent expert had agreed that the documents appeared to be state secrets, as asserted by domestic security agency chief Hans-Georg Maassen.
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